Visit to the Leeds College of Art (Vernon Street site) End Of Year Show 2016 “Made Here.”

On Thursday 16th June 2016 I went to see the last day of the Leeds College of Art (Vernon Street site) End Of Year Show “Made Here.” The college is “celebrating 170 years delivering art education by hosting an innovative collection of final year student work”. It featured the work from the

  • Extended Diploma – Fashion & Textiles,
  • Extended Diploma – Graphic Communication
  • Extended Diploma – Fine Art
  • Extended Diploma – 3D
  • Level 2 Diploma in Visual Arts Access to HE Diploma (Art & Design)

I’d gone to see the work of the lovely Fiona Kearns, she’d been telling me about the ceramic work she’d been making as part of her Diploma in Visual Arts and I was looking forward to seeing it (and touching it, as I’d been encouraged to do). I’m pleased to say that she got a distiction for it, and quite rightly so in my opinion.



Unfortunately I didn’t have time to make it up to the Blenheim Walk building to see all the work and the art market there, so much to see and so little time. I did really enjoy getting to see what I did have time for though. I walked out of the building reminiscing about my time at college and uni and feeling inspired to continue with my own creative endeavours.

If you weren’t able to make it then hopefully the pics I took will help give you a taster of some of the brilliant creatives coming from the Leeds College of Art.

A bit about:

“Leeds College of Art is one of only a few independent art schools in the UK, our students enjoy a small, close-knit community in a creative atmosphere where anything feels possible. We believe this is the best environment in which to grow as an artist or designer.

To a great extent, our reputation goes before us: Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth studied here, as did, more recently, Marcus Harvey, Damien Hirst, Danny Sangra and Omar Kashoura. However, we never allow complacency. We work extremely hard to remain a leading centre for art and design education, choosing from among the brightest international potential to produce some of the most sought-after creative talent.

In the Guardian Education League Tables 2015 we are the highest ranked independent art college in the UK. Excellent staff: student ratios mean you’ll benefit from as much personal attention and expert advice as you’ll need.

Whether you join us to study for a degree, masters or a further education course (after GCSEs or A levels), you’ll encounter a friendly and supportive environment at Leeds College of Art. Our students settle in quickly, benefiting from the best possible start to their studies.” find out more at



Take care,

Purple Faye x

Visit to the National Railway Museum in York

Last Friday (10th June 2016) my boyfriend took me to the National Railway Museum in York. I’d been wanting to go since I started making my 3D Acrylic Paintings of The Mallard and The Flying Scotsman earlier this year (see the making of those by clicking on the links).

Unfortunately the Scotsman was out on tour on the day of our visit.  These special tours of the UK aren’t run by the National Railway Museum, but you can find out more about them here. We did get to see the Mallard though, and lots of other wonderful things too.



I found it a bit overwhelming when we first walked into the Great Hall. Seeing all the massive trains squeezed in next to each other in such a big space made me feel very small. Getting to be so close up you could see that there had been some impressive skills used to make and run them.

As I was there to research ideas for new 3D Acrylic Paintings to make I couldn’t help getting a bit snap happy at first (as you can see from the pics). There was so much to see, especially in the warehouse that holds over 750,000 objects from railway history. I really liked seeing the historical carriages in the Station Hall, it was amazing to see how much more lavish Queen Victoria’s was compared to the one used by the royal family during the first world war. I could have spent hours longer there but sadly we ran out of time so we’ll have to go back for another visit another time.

Hopefully these pics have given you a bit of a taster of the delights to be seen, but if you get a chance to go for yourself then I hope that you do get to.

About the National Railway Museum in York

NRM York

Leeman Road,
YO26 4XJ

Opening times
10am – 6pm
Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec

The new exhibition about ambulance trains used in the first world war will start on the 7th of July and looks likes it will be worth a visit. You can find out more about it here.

I’ve got a few ideas of what I want to make 3D Acrylic Paintings of next but I’d love to know what you’d like to see.

Let me know in the comments below.


Till next time

Take care

Purple Faye x

A Day Out At Scarborough

On Thursday (26th May 2016) I went to Scarborough with my boyfriend. On the Monday/Tuesday we planned that we would go to the seaside to enjoy the sunny weather (that we had on those days). Unfortunately the sunny weather decided to stop on Tuesday night and on the Thursday morning when we got up it was chucking it down.

But we had plannned to go so we weren’t going to let a little thing like rain make us change our plans, even as it got increasingly worse on the drive there. There was no way that we were going to turn around and not go (my brave boyfriend had even put his shorts and T-shirt on, cos that’s what you do when you go to the seaside).

As we were driving through Scarborough to get to the seafront things weren’t looking good. But miraculously by the time we got parked up, it was only drizzling (a great improvement to what it had been doing) and by the time we’d come out of the pub after having a quick drink it had stopped completely. (Yay) So we could have our fish and chips lunch sat outside and only got a bit of a wet bum by doing so, happy days.

Scarborough art gallery curently has an exhibition on to celebrate the life and work of Enid Blyton called “Mystery, Magic & Midnight Feasts!” it finishes on the 26th of June so you don’t have long left to see it, but I think it is well worth a visit. I find it very inspiring to see a woman being creative and being sucessful at making it work as a business/way to make a living. It was really interesting to find out more about her life and the way she worked, aswell as the obstacles she faced and how she overcame them. It was great to see all the lovely work too.

My boyfriend enjoyed the exhibition too as there was dressing up and a Noddy car to sit in. (Which obviously he did) .


 A bit about Scarborough Art Gallery

“Scarborough Art Gallery was built in the late 1840s by the Uppleby family and has had a fascinating history. This Italianate villa is one of the finest buildings situated in Scarborough’s beautiful Crescent gardens.

The gallery houses our permanent collection which has been built up over sixty years through gifts, bequests and purchases to reflect the eclectic mix of the community and the cultural heritage of Scarborough.” find out more here

About the Mystery, Magic and Midnight Feasts Exhibition

26 March – 26 June

Join Scarborough Art Gallery to celebrate the life and work of Enid Blyton.
See your favourites from Noddy to The Famous Five!
Adult £3 year pass, Kids FREE!
Open Tues – Sun
10am – 5pm

“First Floor Exhibition: Mystery, Magic and Midnight Feasts – The Many Adventures of Enid Blyton
This is the first ever major exhibition celebrating the life and work of cerebrated children’s author Enid Blyton. On tour to Scarborough Art Gallery, this exciting exhibition has been created by Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books.  Many exhibits will be on public display for the first time, revealing Blyton’s creative imagination and the events that shaped her life and storytelling.”

find out more here

After we went to the art gallery exhibition we had a walk on the seafront back to the car while we ate 99 ice creams. And as we drove back home the sun finally decided to come out, but never mind. We’d still had a nice day out.

Let me know if you go visit the exhibition at the gallery and what you think to it. (There’s no need to rub it in if you go when it’s a nice day though!)

Comment below.

Till next time,

Take care,

Purple Faye x

Purple Faye at the Chantry Chapel Wednesday 25th May 2016 for the Wakefield Artwalk

On Wednesday the 25th May 2016 I had an exhibition of my work at the Chantry Chapel in Wakefield as part of the Wakefield Artwalk (5pm-9pm).

I took along my “Ponte Project” and “Trains and Planes” collections, along with a few other things to show the pet portraits I do and what can be made with one of my kits to make your own 3D picture. Unfortunatley the weather was a bit rainy so I was pleased with the turn out we had, about 15 visitors. Plus a few of those signed up to get my newsletter and 3 people bought kits too. (Yay!)



A bit about Chantry Chapel

“The Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin was built in the mid 14th century when the stone bridge replaced a wooden one. It is one of only three surviving bridge chapels in England and, with the bridge, is a scheduled ancient monument and a Grade I listed building. The original stonework can be seen at the base, although the upper part, including the west front, was rebuilt in 1847-8.
The Friends of Wakefield Chantry Chapel, established in 1990 in collaboration with the Civic Society, exist to ensure the chapel is kept in good repair and is made available to visitors. In 1995 major roof repairs were carried out, and the building was re-wired and new lighting and heating systems were installed. Recently the interior has undergone substantial reordering with the removal of pew platforms, a new stone floor and new seating. The Chantry is now under the authority of the Dean and Chapter of Wakefield Cathedral.
There are open days at public-holiday weekends and group visits can be arranged by appointment at other times.”

Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin
Chantry Bridge Industrial Estate
West Yorkshire
Find out more on the website
(there is a very informative video on there that I enjoyed watching)
Studio Visits
If you would like to see my work in my Pontefract studio then you’re very welcome to, the best way is to get in touch to make an appointment so we can arrange when the best day/time for us both is.
The address is: 1st Floor
Pearl Assurance House
1-3 Horsefair
(entrance is via the Fitness Solutions doorway, follow the signs up the stairs for Purple Faye)
I look forward to hearing from you,
Take care
Purple Faye x